More than 100 people turned out in picture-perfect June weather for the Relay for Life in Charles Park in Howard Beach this past weekend.
The annual event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, remembers those who were lost to cancer, honors survivors and helps raise money for a cure.
This year’s event — he last for longtime organizer Phyllis Insirillo, who has been spearheading the relay for six years — was dedicated to Kevin Sturdy, who coached at Ave Maria Catholic Academy, and Howard Beach resident Gina Aarons, who both recently passed away from cancer.
Survivors of cancer, in purple shirts, starts off the Relay For Life walk around Charles Park.
Dorothy Langan, 70 gives a kiss to her 74-year-old husband, William Langan. Married 50 years, they are both cancer survivors.
A Remembrance Bag made by the wife of a man who lost his battle with cancer.
Survivors and visitors walked around the circle of Remembrance Bags throughout the night till dawn.
Desiree Cotto, left, Alexis Addabbo, Sophia Brady and Arianna Addabbo, write messages on their Remembrance Bags before placing them on the field.
Deacon Rick Gilligan oversees the renewed marriage vows taken by Sue and Bill Langan.
“White Wedding” performs hits from the ’80s for the marchers.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., his daughters Arianna, 7, on his lap, and Alexis, 10, and wife Dawn, place a Remembrance Bag for Joe’s father, U.S. Rep. Joe Addabbo Sr., who died from cancer.
Remembrance Bags lit up after dark.